March to the beat of your own drummer, folks. Don't be a lemming and follow the crowd so strictly. Do your best YOU and freaking own it. It shows you're truly an original. That you have a backbone and you have a voice that doesn't say, "Yep... I'm an original. Just like all the rest."
Advice to some of the middle aged ladies out there: Feathers in your hair? Been there; done that. *30 years ago*. The outrageous ad infinitum fad jumped the shark when we saw Granny sporting a $30 rooster feather that costs $3.00 at the bait and tackle shop.
Usually what these people detest nowadays, they will embrace in 20 - 30 years. So wear your favorite things NOW. Develop your personality the way that's most comfortable for you.
Don't change for everyone else and ask for everyone's advice. If you've always liked your style or that hairstyle that some say looks outdated or say that the color isn't right for someone your age, or anything to derail your best YOU... thank them for their advice and explain that you'd rather go for what makes you feel best.
I was compelled to hold forth today on something I wish the global community could work on a little more. We'd ALL be happier.
It wasn't long after 9/11, September 11, 2001, that I began this website. I felt compelled to connect with other people around the globe. I had recently heard about "weblogs" or "blogs" and I dove right into Blogger.com.
I searched for others to connect with online and I found Ageless. It led to meeting many great friends to discuss events of the day. From then on it snowballed.
Most importantly we offered one another support and friendship across the globe; finding that we were just a few keystrokes away.